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Okayafrica's 11 Top LPs of 2011


For our top 11 LPs of 2011 we opted to stick to works we featured on Okayafrica in the past 12 months. We scraped up some new works, some re-issues, and a fair amount of rare compilations. Browse our top albums (and one EP) of 2011 below and check out our top music videos, songs, and side-eye moments of the year!

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Fela Soul: Fela Kuti x De La Soul

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Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound Of Burkina Faso 1974-1979

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The FOKN DunaQuest in Budapest

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Danger [Re-Issue]

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Tassili

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From Africa With Fury: Rise

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Assimilations

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Give The Beggar A Chance/Dawn of Awareness [Re-Issues]

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BLNRB: Welcome To The Madhouse

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Native Sun

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Put Some Red On It

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Listen to The Busy Twist's Addictive Remixes of 1970s Angolan Tracks

From the upcoming London Luanda Remix Series.

About 10 years ago, Analog Africa released their initial Angola Soundtrack, a compilation of gems from late '60s and early '70s Luanda. Now, those songs are getting new life courtesy of London-based production duo The Busy Twist.

These psychedelic Angolan guitars and rhythms get revisited in London Luanda Remix Series, a new 4-track release that sees the UK producers digging into the original Analog Africa archives and injecting these throwback sounds with new percussive energy.

Today, we're premiering the London Luanda standout "Africa Ritmo - Olha O Pica," a potent remix made for the dance floor.

"The first time I listened to Angolan folk music was after discovering one of Analog Africa's compilations of '70s Angolan folk," mentions one of the members of The Busy Twist.

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'One Day Go Be One Day' Is an Experiential Look Beyond the Fela Kuti We Know

Directed by Akinola Davies Jr, this short film gives Fela's family the room to tell his complex truth.

This short film brought to you by Dazed, NTS and Carhartt WIP is a much-needed chronicling of Fela Kuti beyond the surfaced superstardom the world has imposed on him.

Directed by Akinola Davies Jr, One Day Go Be One Day fuses the voices of his sons Femi and Seun Kuti, his album cover artist Lemi Ghariokwu, spoken word and music by Nigerian musician Obongjayar and artistic reenaactments to expound on his life between 1977 and 1981, as well as how the death of Fela's mother—Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti—impacted his life.

"The death of his mum too really broke him," Ghariokwu says in the film.

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Wizkid is the First African to Reach 8 Million Monthly Listeners on Spotify

African artists continue to smash records with their music this year.

Although Wizkid is still to release an official single for this year, he's been on a great run in terms of some dope collaborations. Beside working on the Lion King: The Gift album with Beyoncé and their subsequent epic collaboration on "Brown Skin Girl", arguably one of this year's biggest anthems, the talented Nigerian artist has also hopped onto a number of tracks alongside GoldLink, Kojo Funds and Skepta. After having been nominated for the 2019 Afrikan Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) and performed at the inaugural Afro Nation Festival in Portugal earlier this month, it comes as no surprise that he's recently made history on Spotify as the first African artist to reach 8 million monthly listeners on the streaming platform.

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Watch Nigerian-American Rapper Tobe Nwigwe's Tiny Desk Concert

Joined by his wife and seven-week old daughter, the Houston-based rapper brings his Southern sounds to NPR's Tiny Desk.

Houston-raised, Nigerian-American rapper Tobe Nwigwe is the latest artist to grace NPR's TIny Desk Concert Series.

The artist performed a 5-song medley, backed by a full band and four talented backup singers. The artist was also joined at the desk by his wife Fats Nwigwe and their seven-week old daughter.

READ: Tobe Nwigwe Is the Southern Rapper Making "Purpose Popular."

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